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Session offered on how to grandparent children with special needs

A free informational workshop and interactive session, Grandparenting Kids With Special Needs, will take place Saturday, February 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Douglas County Library Community Meeting Room, 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.

A free informational workshop and interactive session, Grandparenting Kids With Special Needs, will take place Saturday, February 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Douglas County Library Community Meeting Room, 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.

Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 9 a.m.

The presentation is sponsored by The Windmill Project with funding from the Alexandria Area Community Foundation and in cooperation with PACER Center and Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association.

Featured speakers include:

  • Pam Telleen, co-chair of a Grandparent-to-Grandparent support group in Bloomington.
  • Rianne Leaf, director of programs for PACER Center.
  • Crystal A. Petersen, coordinator of the Relatives as Parents Program.

Other presenters include Julie Zuehlke, certified in autism spectrum disorders and grandmother of a special needs child, and Gail Kulp, director of The Windmill Project and parent of a special needs child.
The format for the workshop includes:

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  • Ideas to help build meaningful and positive relationships with special needs grandchildren.
  • Open discussion and time to "share and compare" personal experiences and challenges.
  • Opportunities to ask questions.
  • Information about resources

The event is free and open to anyone interested in the topics. Registration should be done prior to attending by mail to The Windmill Project, 1205 Birch Ave., Alexandria MN 56308 or via e-mail to: windmill04@embarqmail.com .

For additional details, call (320) 763-9228 or 763-7789.

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